Sales Tax Information
The Administrative Services Department supports the community of Shoreline by providing excellent and innovative financial and technological services. The department is organized into six divisions: Administration, Budget and Fiscal Planning, City Clerk's Office, Information Services, Purchasing and Financial Operations.
Administrative Services Director Robert Hartwig, CPA, MBA
The retail sales tax rate in Shoreline is 9.5% of which 6.5% is the state portion and 3.0% is the local rate. Of this 3.0% the City of Shoreline receives only 0.85% with the reamining 2.15% going to other local governments. Click here
for the IRS Sales Tax Deduction Calculator.
Investing in Our Future: Facing Our Financial Challenges
Learn more about the financial challenges facing the City in the coming years.
City of Shoreline Budget
The City of Shoreline submits its annual budget to the Washington State Auditor’s Office (State Auditor) and to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (the GFOA). The GFOA evaluates each year’s budget as part of the Distinguished Budget Presentation program. The City of Shoreline is pleased to report that we adhere to the highest standards of governmental budgeting. The 2013 calendar year budget was recognized by the GFOA and we were presented with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award with Special Capital Recognition. The City of Shoreline has been recognized with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award every year since calendar year 1999.
Capital Improvement Program
Each year, Shoreline City Council approves a six-year Capital Improvement Program that outlines upcoming and ongoing City projects.
State Audit Results: The State Auditor's Office issued an "unqualified opinion" on the City's financial statements. An unqualified opinion means that the City complied with requirements of generally accepted accounting principals and the financial statements accurately represent the financial position of the City and its operations.
2011 Financial Statements and Federal Single Audit Report: This audit examines the City's financial statements to ensure that they are fairly stated and that the underlying financial records support the information reported in the financial statements. As the recipient of major federal grants, Shoreline is also subject to the Federal Single Audit for grant recipients. This is a review of Shoreline's grant expenditures and records to ensure that the City has complied with the federal regulations and requirements associated with the grant.
2011 Accountability Audit: The accountability audit determines whether the City complied with state laws and regulations and the City's own policies and procedures. This audit also examines City management's accountability for public resources. The auditors concluded that the City complied with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures and that the City had internal controls that were adequate to safeguard public assets.
State Auditor's Office Local Government Performance Audit - Construction Change Order Pricing January 10, 2012